TORONTO, April 11 /CNW/ - ACCESSIBLE MEDIA - Canada's hundreds of dedicated volunteers who help "make media
accessible" through VoicePrint and TACtv- are honoured by Accessible
Media Inc. (AMI) for their invaluable help in greatly improving media
access in Canada.
As part of our annual salute to the great spirit of volunteerism and
this year's National Volunteer Week (April 10-16), AMI is honouring the
more than 600 Canadians - our own Volunteers - who day in and day out
collaborate with us to make media accessible to all Canadians,
particularly the 5 million of us who are vision-, hearing- and
"I want to deeply thank all AMI Volunteers - and Volunteers everywhere -
for playing such a vital role in building a better Canada," says David
Errington, President and CEO of Accessible Media Inc., which is
striving to become a new model for cause-driven organizations, one that
is inclusive, collaborative and is continually striving to improve and
"The theme for National Volunteer Week 2011 is Volunteers: Passion.
Action. Impact," Errington continues. "That description couldn't be
truer of our own corps of terrific Volunteers, who we so greatly admire
and respect for all they have done to make AMI'S services, VoicePrint
and TACtv so admired and respected here and abroad."
AMI will be putting the spotlight on our Canadian Media Access
Volunteers in several ways, including:
Sunday, April 10: VoicePrint kicks off National Volunteer Week with a special edition of Contact, our award-winning interview show. The guests: VoicePrint Volunteers
Bruce Kachuck and Patricia Garnett-Smith, who discuss the essential
role Volunteers play at AMI and why it is so satisfying to them. Tune in at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, April 11: National Launch by David Errington, President & CEO and a "running
celebration" at our various offices across Canada at which staff will
formally salute Volunteers throughout the week.
Throughout the week on VoicePrint and TACtv: inspiring messages from many of our VoicePrint Volunteers on why they
Among Volunteer comments:
"A very close friend of mine has vision loss and I know the challenges
she faces on a day to day basis. Being a reader at VoicePrint is my way
of giving back and it's my way of hoping to make a difference. "
"I've always had a love for the printed word, for the stories behind the
headlines and the stories that pique our imagination and capture our
hearts. It's about being part of a shared experience between the reader
and the audience, stitching the country together one story at a time.
At VoicePrint there's something for everybody."
AMI, VOICEPRINT AND TACtv VOLUNTEERS: PLAYING A VITAL ROLE IN MAKING MEDIA ACCESSIBLE
About Accessible Media Inc.
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a not-for-profit multimedia organization
operating two broadcast services, VoicePrint and The Accessible Channel
- TACtv, and their companion websites. AMI serves more than five
million Canadians who are blind, with low vision, print-restricted,
deaf or hearing-impaired, learning disabled, mobility impaired, in need
of literacy skills or learning English as a second language, by making
content accessible. More information is available at www.accessiblemedia.com.
SOURCE Accessible Media Inc. (AMI)
For further information:
Accessible Media Inc.
Georgina Blanas, Director, Government, Public and Affiliate Affairs
Telephone: 416-422-4222 ext. 0981